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November 30, 2011

Computers vs. Gamers

Computers vs. Gamers

Computers vs. Gamers. Gamers win. I’m John Stonestreet, and this is the Point. Ever since that computer won Jeopardy, we might think computers are always better than humans. Not true. A group of computer scientists and biochemists at the University of Washington invented an online game that allows gamers to work collaboratively on solving puzzles. It’s called FoldIt, and in…

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November 29, 2011

Lust or Love?

Lust or Love?

It doesn’t take a PhD to realize that sin destroys lives, relationships, and even health. That’s one of the reasons why the Bible forbids it. But our society pretends that things like lust aren’t a big deal. “As long as it doesn’t hurt anyone else," we hear, “it’s a victimless crime." That’s what Kristina Helfer’s first entry of an new…

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November 28, 2011

What is a Human Being?

What is a Human Being?

Last week we talked about the rampant idea that all sexual behavior is genetically determined and thus justified. Ideas like this one have consequences, and we’ve discussed those. But, keep in mind ideas have antecedents too. Ideas come from assumptions. The assumption at work here is philosophical naturalism, or the belief that “nature is the whole show,? as C. S. Lewis described it.

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November 25, 2011

Thanksgiving and Frozen Embryos

Thanksgiving and Frozen Embryos

After spending three years in a freezer, Esther Victorin was finally born to her adoptive parents this week. Esther was one of five sibling embryos given to Cedar Park Church’s adoption services in Washington State when her biological mother, who can no longer carry the children, refused to throw them away. “It didn’t seem right,? she said. “There had to be a way that they could have life and be born.? There was. Rachel and Diony Victorin, who spent years on unsuccessful fertility treatments, agreed to adopt one embryo and carry it to term.

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November 24, 2011

Thankful for What? Thankful to Whom?

Thankful for What? Thankful to Whom?

Today as families and friends come together to eat and watch football, I hope we’ll also remember what giving thanks means. G. K. Chesteron once said that gratitude is the mother of all virtues. In other words, remembering all we’ve been given compels us to right living, especially as we relate to others. That’s what drove the Pilgrims to hold…

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November 23, 2011

False Connection?

False Connection?

If you listened to yesterday’s Point, you heard me think through the argument that pedophilia may not be a choice, but genetic. This has been a primary argument given for the normalization of homosexual behavior. I suggested we’ve got a real problem on our hands if orientation or tendency, even if it is genetic, justifies behavior. A typical response to…

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November 22, 2011

We’ve Heard This Line Before

We’ve Heard This Line Before

Early this year, a group known as B4U-Act met in Baltimore to discuss strategies of removing pedophilia from the APA’s list of mental disorders. The strategy included encouraging the nomenclature of “minor attracted persons? rather than the more stigmatized rhetoric that is often used.

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November 21, 2011

Is the Bible a Textbook?

Is the Bible a Textbook?

The Idaho Board of Education recently shut down a charter school for using the Bible to supplement its curriculum. According to the Idaho state constitution, “no sectarian or religious tenants or doctrines shall ever be taught in the public school.? But Isaac Moffett, a teacher at Nampa Classical Academy, claims they weren’t teaching doctrines at all. “[The Bible] is so much more… It’s a primary source of history…? which includes testimony of “…people who lived during the time period.?

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November 18, 2011

‘‘So, have you ever heard of…’’

‘‘So, have you ever heard of…’’

My friend Debbie Brezina who wrote a terrific book on Winston Churchill often remarks that Christians seem to suffer from amnesia. In other words, we don’t know our own history. One of the most significant periods of growth in my life was studying church history with John Woodbridge in seminary. I was the product of a Christian home, school, and…

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November 17, 2011

Slowing Divorce, part 2

Slowing Divorce, part 2

A dominant cultural myths we face is that love just happens to us. Movie after movie reinforces the idea that we’re the victims of our passionate feelings. It makes a great story, now, but it doesn’t offer long-term stability for real-life relationships. If my feelings go away, I’m also a victim. So, we hear folks say about their marriages: “we just drifted apart…?

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November 16, 2011

Slowing Divorce

Slowing Divorce

Yesterday we talked about the high cultural costs that are revealed in the Kim Kardashian wedding fiasco. Sadly, divorce now comes as a thing expected -- especially in Hollywood. But a recent Washington Post piece reported on a study that could change our views. William Doherty, professor of family social science at the University of Minnesota and Leah Sears, former chief justice of the Georgia Supreme Court suggest that there are two common misconceptions about divorce: that it comes after a long, delayed process of trying to “work things out? and that once a partner has filed for divorce, they aren’t interested in reconciliation. Their study suggests this just isn’t true of many couples.

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November 15, 2011

The Honeymoon is Over

The Honeymoon is Over

Because for some reason so many people care, we’ve all heard the news that Kim Kardashian’s marriage to Kris Humphries is over, after only 72 days- an ironic ending to a marriage that began with the international television event “Kim’s Fairytale Wedding.? This isn’t the shortest celebrity wedding to make the news. But there’s a cultural reality that makes this one different than the rest. Americans no longer take marriage seriously, as a recent Pew Study revealed. The majority find it “obsolete.? It’s one thing to laugh at a marriage; it’s a completely different thing to laugh at marriage per se.

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November 14, 2011

The Power of YouTube

The Power of YouTube

Have you seen that video of six-year-old Lily bursting into tears when her parents told her they were going to DisneyWorld? Her reaction was posted on YouTube and became an internet sensation. It’s racked up over 5 million views, and has an advertising deal with Disney is in the works. That’s the power of the web, and especially the power…

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November 11, 2011

Closer to Home

Closer to Home

A couple weeks we talked about a video that showed at least a dozen people walking by a Chinese toddler who had been hit by a car. She later died of her injuries. I called it “Indifference At Its Worst," and while it is easy to point at the sliver in the eye of Chinese society, we might have missed…

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November 10, 2011

Alleged History

Alleged History

Perhaps you’ve seen, Inherit the Wind, the 1960’s film that supposedly depicts the Scopes “monkey trial? of 1925 where ignorant, Christian fundamentalists silenced a biology teacher who courageously taught evolution. The only problem? It’s complete fiction. The film was actually a parable about McCarthyism, but the story has stuck in most people’s minds as true. The actual trial was a publicity stunt designed to bring life back to fledgling Dayton, Tennessee. Accused teacher John Scopes never taught evolution in the first place, no one wanted him in prison, the judge lost control, and the defense always planned to lose.

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